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Tampa startup creates innovative soundproofing curtain

March 5, 2014

Residential Acoustics, creator of AcoustiCurtainTM, joins Tampa Bay Technology Incubator

By Meagan Eng

TAMPA, Fla. – Residential Acoustics, LLC, has joined the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator (TBTI), part of USF CONNECT at the University of South Florida (USF).

Founded in 2013 in Tampa, FL, Residential Acoustics designs and manufactures soundproofing curtains that block noise passing through windows and doors.

The company offers two patent-pending, custom-designed products called AcoustiCurtain and AcoustiDoor. Their soundproof curtain technology combines sound absorption and reflection principles to minimize the sound that passes into working or living space, while still providing access to natural light. The company website allows visitors to customize each curtain by size, fabric type, color, and pattern.

“The problem started with high-traffic freeway running through my backyard keeping me, and all of my neighbors, up at night,” said Walker Peek, CEO and founder of Residential Acoustics. “We realized there were few alternatives available: double-pane windows for a couple grand or high-priced acoustic specialists with customized solutions. We decided to create a new product that would solve this issue for us and millions out there.”

Residential Acoustics is seeking to become the soundproofing provider of choice for Americans across the country who live in high-traffic, noise-polluted areas.

“At first, we had to turn down a number of international orders, due to shipping costs, but that is something we have resolved, and we are now shipping internationally each month,” said a company representative.

The company manufactures all of its products in Hillsborough County, Fla. It plans to employ several technicians in Tampa to expand its production this year. With the design of the first iteration complete, Residential Acoustics intends to release a new product line within the next several months.

“Working with USF CONNECT has been a great privilege thus far,” said Peek. “In just the first month, we’ve attended seminars for R&D and equity ownership of the company, as well as created some really meaningful relationships with our mentors that offer actionable advice each step of the way. This has allowed us critical sounding boards for new ideas, and the ability to network with leaders in the community.”

“The added visibility that USF CONNECT has provided has immediately paid off in higher revenue and increased traffic.”